Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Pink and Black Thinking Of You

I  made this pink and black - Thinking of you card for my friend in India. I used the Sketch #4 of Verve December VLV Sketches. This sketch is designed by Teresa - she has some awesome Verve creations on her blog.

The theme this time was Christmas Ornaments and Decor. I used this Pink and Black Ornament from Etsy as my inspiration.

I used the Verve Kind Words stamp set for this card. I have stamped the flower from this set in Ranger DI - Spun Sugar. It has that dreamy pink look. I stamped the sentiment over it using Memento Black Ink. The papers are all from my stash - they are a mix of KI memories and PTI.

Also for the very first time I also tried Dawn McVey's Ribbon tying tutorial and I have to say, I am very happy with how my bow turned out. Some MS Punched out Butterflies completed my card.

Here is the sketch,

Thanks for Stopping by,
Stamp - VERVE Kind Words
Paper - PTI White and Raspberry Fizz CS, PTI and KI Memories Patterned Papers
Ink - Memento Black, Ranger DI - Spun Sugar
Other- Offray Ribbon, Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch, Nestabilities

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Seize The Cupcake

I am back with my second card for the VERVE December Viva La Verve Challenges. This is my entry for the Sketch#2 by the talented Sankari Wegman. The theme this time was to take Inspiration from Christmas Ornaments and Home Decor. I was browsing Etsy for some Christmas Ornaments and found this awesome Purple Cupcake Ornament. So, I used the theme and color from this Ornament for my card.

The Seize the Cupcake set from VERVE Was perfect for this card. I cut out the sentiment using Nestabilities Petite Oval and then hand cut the cupcake and popped it up with a few foam dots. I have added some glitter on the cupcake as well.

Here is the Sketch,
Here is a link to the Etsy store by Barbara and her awesome Candy and Food Ornaments.

Thanks for stopping by,
Stamp - VERVE Seize the Cupcake
Paper - PTI Plum Pudding, Lavender Moon and White CS, PTI Guidelines Patterned Paper
Other - Nestabilities, Stickles, Ribbon from Stash

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Yellow Butterfly

I have not dropped off the face of the earth!!!! Just was on vacation and after I came back from vacation, my mojo took one :) We have finally reunited and I have a card to share with you all.

I did this card for The Play Date Cafe Challenge #60. It was to do a black and white card with a splash of Yellow. :)

The paper looks slight more Orange in color in my photo, but it is a beautiful shade of yellow - slightly darker than a lemony yellow.

I used the Verve Stamp sets - Happy Hello and Fluttering By and used the Viva La Verve December Sketch #3 for this card.
December Inspiration for Viva La Verve Sketches were Ornaments. I found this awesome Stained Glass Yellow Butterfly ornament in Etsy which was my inspiration for this card and it also happened to fit the PDCC Color Splash challenge.

Thanks for stopping by,
Stamp: Verve Happy Hello and Fluttering By
Paper: PTI White and Black CS, Yellow paper from Stash, PTI Polka Dot Patterned Paper
Ink: Memento Black
Other - PTI White Ribbon, Nestabilities

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Birds and more

I wanted to share the two cards that I did for Karly's Anything with Wings Swap on SCS. I have so many images of birds, it was hard to chose.

1) For my first card I used this lovely bird image - Digi Stamp from Whimsy Haven stamps. I love this bird. It looks beautiful as a line art image or colored. I kept the layout simple with some patterned paper and a charm threaded through the ribbon. 

 2) For my second card I used this Studio G stamp from Michaels. I just loved this stamp and I kind of liked how this card turned out. I had to use one of the pins on this card as they seem to be my latest trend :) In this case I used a Making memories Pin and then just added some extra beads to it.

Thanks for stopping by,
Stamp - Studio G Bird stamp and Digi Bird stamp from Whimsy Haven
Paper - PTI CS. Crate Paper and SU patterned Paper
Ink - Memento Black, Copics
Other - Nestabilities, Ribbon, making memories Pin, SU Scallop border punch

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Mojo Monday on a Tuesday

I used the PTI 2010 Holiday Tag Stamp set for this Mojo Monday Sketch #165. Patterned paper is from Jolly by Golly Collection (Cosmo Cricket).

Two things that I noticed after I posted this card is that,

1) I have use the music paper in the wrong way. You can see the text is upside down :(
2) The Holly leaves in the image could use some bling or stickles.

Here is the sketch,

Thanks for stopping by,
Stamp - PTI 2010 Holiday Tag Stamp set
Paper - PTI White CS, Cosmo Cricket Patterned paper
Ink - Memento Bamboo Leaves
Other - Fiskars Edge Punch, SU Circle Punch, Nestabilities, Ribbon

Monday, November 15, 2010

Christmas Wishes with Butterflies

I created this card for Pals Paper Arts Challenge #68 - which was a beautiful inspiration photo. I did not have the colors that were a perfect match to the photo, but I think these come close enough.

The SU Medallion stamp is stamped with Purely Pomegranate ink and the sentiment is stamped in Lavender lace. I was blog surfing and found this interesting challenge of using 5 or more butterflies on your Christmas card/project on on Roree's blog. So, I added some gold butterflies (punched with MS punch) all around the medallion. I really loved how this card turned out.

Here is s a close up of the butterflies,

Thanks for stopping by,
Stamp - SU Medallion stamp set, SU So Many Scallops
Paper - SU White, Gold paper and Plum Pudding CS from PTI
Ink - SU Purely Pomegranate, SU Lavender Lace
Other - SU Scallop Punch, MS Butterfly punch, Gemstone embellishment

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Inspired Crafters Holiday Blog Hop

Inspired Crafters is a challenge blog by a group of PTI Junkies :) So to showcase the talent and to get some more inspiration, we are having a blog hop today with the theme of Christmas/Holiday cards using PTI Stamps.

I have a very simple card to share with you which I did for the Inspired Crafters November Christmas Card Challenge.

I used the new PTI paper from the October release - Pine Feather. Then punched out some scrap papers and added the image from 2010 Holiday Tags stamp set and added some bling. Sentiment is from the same stamp set as well.

Thanks for stopping by. Next in the hop is Tracie.

Here are all the creative friends of mine participating in the hop,

Stamp - PTI 2010 Holdiay Tag Stamp set
Paper- PTI White and Pine Feather CS, Basic grey Patterned Paper
Ink - Memento Bamboo Leaves
Other - SU 1 2/4" and Small Oval Punches

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge #100 - Pride & Prejudice

Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge is celebrating their 100th Challenge - and the movie they chose is Pride and Prejudice. I love love this movie. I have watched the latest one so many times and I have read the book so many times :) Awesome indeed.

I am not really good at creating Vintage cards. So, for this card, I took inspiration from the dresses and colors from the movie. I loved that one scene where Elizabeth is visiting Darcy's Home at Pemberley. I loved the striped dress that she is wearing in that scene - you can see some pictures here.

So, here is my card based on the dress from the above scene and with some vintage papers that I had in my stash. I paper pierced the dress and I did not have the exact striped paper as the dress, but I think this comes close. The stamp set is GKD - Retro Boutique designed by Rupa Shevde. I used some pearls and lace as well :)

Here is the CSCC Challenge,

I used Taylored Expressions Sketch #133 for this card,

Thanks for stopping by,
Stamp - GKD Retro Boutique Stamp Set
Paper - SU and Other patterned Paper, PTI White CS
Ink - Memento Black
Other - Lace and Brown Ribbon from Stash, Pearl Embellishment

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Fall: Sunflowers

2nd Post of the day. Please scroll down or click here to see my Purple Larkspurs Post.

This is the card that I did for the MoxieFab Tuesday Trigger - Fall Festival. I was inspired by the vase of flowers as well as the colors and this is my interpretation of it.

I tried the Ribbon technique that Susan had demonstrated on her Simplicity Blog. 

Thanks for stopping by,
Stamp - PTI Autumn Abundance
Paper - PTI White and Kraft CS, October Afternoon Patterned paper
Ink - Memento Black, Copics
Other - Nestabilities, Ribbon

Purple Larkspurs

PTI is releasing the Year of Flowers series - a new flower for each month. I do not have all of them, but I had bought "Year of Flowers: Larkspurs" and had never inked it up. I needed a card for my friend and I thought of this set. I stamped the flowers using Memento Black and then colored it with Copics. For the centers of the flowers, I added some MS Glitter. I have not used Glitter in a while, so I was happy how it turned out.

This card was inspired by the cards from Nichole Heady and Niki Estes.
This card is also for - The Shabby Tea Room challenge #35 - Lavender and Lace

Thanks for Stopping by,
Stamp - PTI Year of Flowers: Larkspurs
Paper - PTI Plum Pudding and White CS
Ink - Memento Black, Copics, PTI Chai Inking cube
Other - None

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

The Play Date Cafe Challenge #54

Please scroll down or see the Birthday Boy and Pals Paper Arts Challenge #67 Posts here.

Here is my CAS card for The Play Date Cafe Challenge #54 - I used this newly acquired Lockhart Chair stamp. I somehow just loved this stamp and when I found out that Stampin' Treasures is going out of business (which is very sad by the way as I have bought lots of stuff from them before), I had to get some of these Lockhart stamps.

I colored the stamped image with Copics and then kept it simple with some green mat for the image and the sentiment. Sentiment is from PTI Handwritten Notes.

Thanks for stopping by,
Stamp - PTI Handwritten Notes, Lockhart Adirondack Chair Stamp
Paper - PTI White CS, Green CS from Stash
Ink - Memento Black, Copics, Memento Potters Clay
Other - Nestabilities

Pals Paper Arts Challenge #67

2nd post of the day. Please scroll down or Click here to see the Birthday Boy Post.

I recently acquired this SU set called Asian Artistry. I just love this bird image from this set. I did this card for the Pals Paper Arts Challenge #67 to use the colors Yellow, Red and Grey. I used the CPS Sketch #192 for this card.

Thanks for stopping by,
Stamp - SU Asian Artistry
Paper - PTI Pure Poppy and Lemon Tart, SU White and Grey CS
Ink - Ranger DI - Barn Door
Other - Cuttlebug embossing folder, Nestabilities

Birthday Boy

I needed a Birthday card and the Inspired Crafters Sketch #11 was perfect for this card. I embossed some PTI Aqua mist paper with the cuttlebug folder and added some border with enchanted evening CS. I die cut the car image and stamped the car from PTI Enjoy the ride stamp set. The sentiment is Mega Mixed Messages.
This card was also done for the Papertrey Pals challenge #17 to use some dry embossing on your project.

Thanks for stopping by,
Stamp - PTI Enjoy the Ride and Mega Mixed Messages
Paper - PTI White Aqua Mist and Enchanted Evening CS
Ink - Memento Blue
Other - EK Success Border Punch, SU Circle punches, PTI Enjoy the ride die, cuttlebug

Monday, November 08, 2010

Monday {ippity} hop

It is {ippity} Hop Time. Please stop by at the {ippity} blog for the complete list of participants.

I have a simple Holiday card using {ippity} Kissmas and Misletoe set. The papers are from the Echopark collection. The card is quite pretty in IRL, somehow I was not able to get a good picture of it.

I kept the card simple and just added some Snow Flakes punched with MS punch and added some pearls.

I used Unscripted Sketches #80 for this card. Here is the sketch,
Please Click Here to buy some {ippity} stamps.

Thanks for stopping by,
Stamp - {ippity} Kissmas and Misletoe Set
Paper - PTI White CS, Berry Sorbet and Hawaiian Shores CS, Echo Park Patterned Paper
Ink - Memento Blue
Other - MS Snowflake punch, Pearl Embellishment

Sunday, November 07, 2010

One Layer Card

I needed a quick one layer card - I used the PTI Turning A New Leaf stamp set for this card along with the butterfly images from Butterfly dreams and With Sympathy. Sentiment is from PTI Handwritten Notes.

This card is for,
1) CASE Study Challenge #13
2) Papertrey Playhouse Challenge #4 - No layers

Thanks for stopping by,
Stamp - PTI Turning a New Leaf, Butterfly Dreams, With Sympathy and Handwritten Notes
Paper - PTI White CS
Ink - Memento Cottage Ivy, Bamboo Leaves, Tuxedo Black and Angel Pink
Other - None

Friday, November 05, 2010

Inspired Crafters Sketch #11 for November

Hello friends,

It is the First Friday of the Month - Which means it is time for Inspired Crafters Sketch Challenge for the Month of November.

I used the PTI Guidelines 2 for my card. Today is Diwali - Festival of Lights. So I made a Diwali card for the sketch. I created my own patterned paper using the Guidelines 2 stamp set and guidelines 2 paper from PTI. I love doing this and it is so much fun to be able to create your own patterned paper. I used some PTI Plum pudding CS and punched out the scallop border. The sentiment was computer generated.

Here is the sketch,

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you can stop over at IC blog and participate in this sketch challenge to win some exciting prizes.

Stamp - PTI Guidelines 2
Paper- PTI Guidelines 2, PTI Plum Pudding and white CS. GKD Metallic Gold CS
Ink - Memento Sweet Plum and Lulu Lavender
Other - EK Success Scallop border punch, SU Circle Punches, Gem Embellishment

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Mojo Monday #163

I used my newly acquired Elzybells Stamp - Winter Scene for this card. It was an easy card to make and turned out quite nice. I used the patterned paper from Cosmo Cricket Jolly by Golly Collection. Love the papers in this collection. Kept the card simple with just the ribbon. :)

I got some more winter related stamps from Elzybells, so hopefully will get to create more soon :)

Thanks for stopping by,
Stamp - Elzybells Winter Scene
Paper - PTI  White, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores CS, Cosmo Cricket Jolly by Golly Patterned Paper
Ink - Memento Black, Copics
Other: PTI Hawaiian Shores Ribbon, PTI Vintage White Buttons, PTI bakers twine, Stickles

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Justrite Christmas

My entry for the Justrite Friday Challenge #042 - which was a sketch challenge. I used the Justrite
Old Fashioned Christmas 3 1/4" set for this card. I stamped it, colored it and then cut it out using Nestabilities. Some Red and Green May Arts ribbon along with some lace completed the card. I found these left over holly leaves from an old Christmas Project that I used here with some embellishment. 
I used the color throwdown challenge 116 for this card as well.
Thanks for stopping by,
Stamp - Justrite Old Fashioned Christmas 3 1/4" set
Paper-  PTI White and New Leaf CS
Ink - Memento Black, Copics
Other - May Arts Ribbon, Lace from Stash, holly leaves, Nestabilities

Monday, November 01, 2010

Birthday Wishes

I needed some Birthday cards and happened across the Everything But the Kitchen Sink challenge #26 hosted by Kelly Marie and I really loved the color combination that she came up with.

I used the Pals Paper Arts sketch #66 for this card. Very versatile sketch. I used the SU stamp set Infinite Goodness - I just love this set. I stamped the Leaves lightly with blue ink and then stamped the dragonfly in memento black. The sentiment is from SU Set Think Happy Thoughts, added a brad to finish the card.

Here is the PPA66 Sketch,

Thanks for stopping by,
Stamp - SU Infinite Goodness and Think Happy Thoughts
Paper - SU Bermuday Bay, Grey and White CS, SU In Color Patterned Paper
Ink - Memento Black, Ranger DI - Stormy Sky
Other - SU Scallop Border Punch, SU 1" and 1 3/8" Circle Punches, SU Brad

Friday, October 29, 2010

Damask Inspiration from Moxie Fab World

I was totally inspired by the Damask Post on Moxie Fab world. Oodles of fun and inspiration. So I ended up doing two cards for this,

1. I did a simple Holiday card using the PTI Damask Designs Stamp set. I stamped the Sweet Blush cardstock with the border image and then just layered it with some ribbon and the sentiment on the PTI Fillable Frames Die. This card was inspired by the pink and brown Damask Prints bag in the post.

2. I was really impressed by the very first Yellow damask photo in the Moxie Fab world post and just could not get that out of my mind, so I used the Card Patterns Sketch #87 to create this Friendship card. I kind of liked how this turned out as well. I used the Chair-ished stamp set with this card. I created my own border using one of the single images from the PTI Damask designs stamp set. I just loved the Yellow Damask background with the chair, although I used a brown chair in my card :)

Here is the card patterns sketch,

Thanks for stopping by,
Stamp - PTI Damask Designs, PTI Chair-ished stamp sets
Paper - PTI Sweet Blush, Raspberry Fizz, Kraft, Dark Chocolate, Harvest Gold, White CS
Ink - PTI Dark Chocolate, Memento Black, PTI Raspberry Fizz
Other - PTI Raspberry Fizz and Dark Chocolate Ribbon, PTI Vintage Buttons, Nestabilities, SU Punch

Monday, October 25, 2010

PTI Blog Hop - Diwali Wishes

If you are looking for the Monday {ippity} Hop Post, please scroll down or Click here.

CHALLENGE: There is always a lot of focus on Christmas in our industry this time of year, as that is what the majority of the population celebrates.  However, this month's blog hop is dedicated to those that celebrate winter holidays other than Christmas.  Create a project that celebrates Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or some other winter holiday as we embrace everyone's beliefs in a celebration of diversity through paper crafting.

This challenge was perfect for me to create some Diwali or Deepavali Cards for my friends. Diwali is the Indian Holiday that falls around Winter time. It is called Festival of Lights. Although I did not really use Lights on my cards, but went with more Indian Theme.

For my first card, I used Guide Lines II set along with the Guidelines Paper and created this beautiful background with Orange and Green colors. I then printed the sentiment from Computer, cut it out with Nestabilities and added a simple bow and pin. This motif background has a Indian feel for me. I am in love with these Hat Pins. I bought some pearls from Hobby Lobby the other day and did this pin :)

For my second card, I used the Round and Round Anniversary set, stamped it in Orange and layered it on some Dark Chocolate cut with the PTI Mat Stack die. I love this die and it goes so well with this set. Paper is from the DCVW Taj Mahal collection - beautiful Indian themed paper. I added the sentiment that I printed from computer.

For the last card, though not my best and did not truly turn out how I was anticipating it - I used the flowers from About you set and the sentiment again was something that I printed. Again one of my pins... In love with these :)

There was this one image in the PTI 2008 holiday tag set, a star surrounded by this elegant scroll work, I thought would fit the theme of Diwali as well, as we hang these star shaped lights around the home, but then I was not getting good design ideas..maybe next time.

Thanks for stopping by,
Stamp - PTI About You, Guidelines II, Round and Round Sets
Paper- PTI White, Rustic White, Vintage Cream, Dark Chocolate, Guidelines CS, Crate Paper and DCVW Patterned Paper
Ink - Memento Black, Memento Pottery Clay, PTI Raspberry Fizz, PTI Ripe Avocado, PTI Dark Chocolate, Ranger DI - Spiced Marmalade

Monday {ippity} Hop with Thanks

It is {ippity} Hop Time. Please stop by at the {ippity} blog for the complete list of participants.

Here is my card for today's hop,

I needed some thank you cards and lately I seem to be in the Green color phase :) So here is my card using Leaves image from Where You Should Be set and the sentiment from The Simple Things set. I colored the image with copics (not my best coloring) and then distressed the edges with some Ranger DI - Frayed Burlap. I used the SCS Sketch #302 for this card.

Here is the sketch,

Please click here to see and order {ippity} stamps.

Thanks for stopping by,
Stamp - {ippity} Where you should be and The Simple Things
Paper - PTI Kraft and White CS, Bazzill Embossed Dots CS, Luxe Designs and Crate Paper Patterned Paper
Ink - Memento Black, Ranger DI - Frayed Burlap, Copics
Other - None

Friday, October 22, 2010

Wings of Joy - Taylored Expressions Blog Hop

Hello Everyone! Today is the Taylored Expressions Blast From the Past Blog Hop! I am quite excited to be part of this blog hop. The creative focus for October's BFTP blog hop is Christmas/holiday - So I used TE Stamp set - Wings of Joy for my card.

Here is my card using Sankari's Sketch,

I colored the image with copics and add some subtle glitter using Copic Spica Glitter pens.

Here is the sketch,

Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to check out all the other fabulous Taylored Expressions Blog Hop creations!

Stamp - TE Wings of Joy
Paper - Martha Stewart, Basic Grey Patterned Paper, GKD Metallic Gold, Green and White CS, Pink CS from my stash
Ink - Memento Black, copics
Other - Pearl Embellishment, Nestabilities

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Butterfly Wishes

Color Throwdown #115 had this awesome color combination and I knew I wanted to create a card with it. Also Smita had challenged us to make a card using ribbons and no stamps!! She is the guest blogger on Yvonne's blog this wee - This was indeed a big challenge for me as I was not sure what to without stamping and it was kind of fun to think outside the box.

I used the new Tim Holtz Texture Fades Embossing folder for the Plum Pudding CS. I cut out the Butterfly from PTI Butterfly die set using the PTI Bitty Dot Basics Patterned paper.

I have always wanted to try the Layered and Looped ribbon technique that Nichole Heady (from PTI) does and never did. So Smita's challenge was perfect for this card. Here is a Video from Nichole Heady showing this Technique.

I am entering this card for,
1) Color Throwdown #115
 2) Smita's Challenge on Yvonne's Blog - to use Ribbon creatively without any stamping.

3) Annabelle Stamps Blog Challenge - No Patterned Paper

Thanks for stopping by,
Stamp - None
Paper - PTI Plum Pudding, Terracota Tile, Lemon Tart CS
Ink - None
Other - SU Scallop border punch, SU 1 3/4" Circle Punch, PTI Butterfly Die, PTI Terracotta Ribbon, Pearl Embellishments, Tim Holtz Texture Fade Embossing Folder